We're a Community Interest Company (CIC) - a regulated Social Enterprise.

We provide specialist industry-focussed 6 month paid Returner Placements and optional retention services, curated around robust assessment, matching & placement management processes. It works.

Outstanding retention rates


of our Returner Placements

Transitions provides a credible source of engineers with the skills and experience to contribute to meeting the sector's needs.

Royal Academy of Engineering Diversity team (Bola Fatimilehin)

By partnering with us, our clients' competency-based talent pools become more diverse and inclusive.

And ensuring that refugee professional job applicants are seen and inclusively assessed makes business sense. Our candidates bring experience and skills from across the world — providing new perspectives and creativity, and intimate knowledge of international markets. Find out more about the business case for ensuring refugee professionals are included efficiency in screening and hiring systems.

About the Transitions Returner Placement

Our structured 3-6 month Returner Placements are a compliant pathway to quickly trial and take up the option to retain experienced engineering, architecture and business services refugee professionals. We succeed through detailed skills and qualifications mapping, (in liaison with Professional Bodies and Naric) one-to-one case work and careful candidate selection for employers to interview, resulting in fewer but higher quality candidates closely matched to corporate clients' needs.

The Returner Placement is a way for candidates to showcase their talent - and they can deliver real business value from day one.

We provide quality support to everyone throughout resulting in a high return on investment (ROI). The Returner Placement salary is a fair trial-run salary. Most are paid at Graduate Scheme rates. We charge a flat-rate Returner Placement agency fee.

A quick, low risk, efficient way to get dynamic and diverse talent into your workforce.

We charge a flat-rate


agency fee

for our structured 3-6 month Returner Placements

We gained a first-class civil engineer employee as a result of Transitions. The internship and intern was above our expectations.

Dawn Barker, Head of HR, Crossrail

What we'll do for you

  • Candidates' CVs carefully selected and submitted for Returner Placement competency based interview
  • For successful candidates, setup mutual objectives and a work plan
  • Schedule monthly review meetings with Transitions, line manager and candidate
  • Facilitate written employer feedback on skills and achievements
  • Offer staff handbook, interview guidance materials, tailored staff workshop and 1-1 staff information, advice and guidance on inclusive hiring processes for returners such as refugee professionals
  • Provide guided reflective learning journal and support for candidates. Updated every 2 weeks and shared with line manager by candidate
  • Facilitate candidate engagement with professional bodies
  • Ensure the candidate has a buddy and also a peer coach (internal or external)
  • Support employers to run repeat returner placements for new candidates
Transitions' service and support has been faultless; from initial engagement, to finding the right candidate and managing the candidate's experience and expectations throughout the placement. We have found the whole process to be very enjoyable and being able to make a difference has been rewarding for all those involved. Following an initial successful placement, we are now very pleased to have a new permanent member in the team, who is enthusiastic, has a great work ethic and is very eager to learn. We wish him a long and rewarding career here at Hollis!

Hannah Azeem, Hollis

If your organisation is new to ensuring that you are including refugees in your hiring pipelines, you might want to arrange a staff workshop at your workplace. We run sessions all year round.

The fee to the employer for retaining an returner placementee or a permanent hire is


Candidates: this fee is not deducted from your salary

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